Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Ho! Ho! Ho!












Loudon is very much in the spirit of Christmas these days. He will go through the house with his sack looking for presents to give everyone. He gave me his dirty socks. Ummmm, thanks!

I have been absent for much of December is seems. I have been ill again. Bronchitis again with a nasty sinus infection. Both eyes and ears were infected, causing my eardrums to both rupture. My balance has been greatly affected and I look like a drunken sailor lurching about trying to get from point A to point B in the most haphazard method. I am relating to poor little Frisky quite well, and if my ears don't clear up soon everyone will start calling me Sidewinder II. My eyes were swollen shut with pink eye, leaving me almost totally blind. What a sight I must have been lurching about running into walls because I couldn't see them. Not able to read or listen to TV or music has made me a very cranky Grammy. All I could do was lie in bed and think about all the things that I needed to get done for Christmas. This has been such an unusual holiday season. I have been making my lists and unchecking them. I have not sent out Christmas cards this year--a first in 30 years! Holiday baking and candy making--uncheck. Gifts for family, friends, and service providers--uncheck. Hubby has been wonderful taking care of me. Driving me to the doctor, making sure anything I needed was there. Buying presents for the grandchildren--really the only ones that can't be forgotten.  Daughters have taken over the planning and cooking for the holidays. They will be coming over early Christmas morning to begin preparations for our feast. Everything else has been scaled back, and I am wondering if this isn't a good thing. I have always felt that family and friends were the most important thing--but I am getting that lesson first hand. It is so much easier to do for others, but infinitely harder to let everyone do EVERYTHING for you!

To add insult to injury. My computers were both hijacked two weeks ago. A quick trip to the 'puter doctor and hundreds of dollars later I am here to tell you--backup your photos! I lost everything on my laptop and that is where I kept most of my pictures. Thankfully, I have found most of them on two different websites that I use for photos. My son has promised to look at my computer and see if he can't recover them. I always meant to back them up--I knew I needed to, I just kept putting it off. I am here to tell you, don't wait if you haven't either--do it today!

Things are looking up! Even though I still can't hear, I can see again, and the room only spins occasionally now. I don't have to cook or clean up for Christmas, and Mom will be coming at noon on Christmas day to spend a good portion of the winter with us. I have three very attentive nursemaids. Bo must be forced to leave my side to go potty and eat. Although the cats, Tucker and Keifer aren't quite that faithful. at least one and often both are either draped across my feet or stretched lengthwise down my body keeping me warm and cozy.

I do hope that this Christmas finds you with the time to reflect on all the blessings in your life, and that you, as I, find your cup overflowing.

Merry Christmas!
Jenny AKA Morning Glories in Round Rock

17 comments:

Marie said...

Jenny,
Thanks for the great Christmas picture of Loudon. It will keep a smile on my face as I finish Christmas preparations.

I hope the New Year will bring health and happiness to you. Merry Christmas!

FlowerLady said...

Dear Jenny ~ What a time you've had and I hope you will soon be completely well and feeling back to your old self once again. You're in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

It sounds like you are being lovingly cared for and that's great.

Love and hugs to you and yours this Christmas and may your new year be wonderful.

FlowerLady

Rose said...

Oh dear, Jenny--it sounds like you have had a very rough time of it the past month or two! I am so sorry to hear that you have been so unwell. I know that ear infections can cause a loss of balance, so do be careful. It's great that your family has been there to help you through this and getting everything ready for the holidays, but I'm sure they learned this from you, for all the care and love that you have given them over the years.

Scaling back at Christmas is not a bad thing at all; it makes you realize what's really important. I hope that you get to spend lots of quality time with the family and enjoy the holidays. But I hope Santa brings you something besides dirty socks:)

A blessed Christmas to you!

Rose

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Morning Marie. Isn't that photo of Loudon a hoot? Three year olds are such fun to watch. He loves to dress up and try on different personas. Somedays he is a firefighter, others Superman. With the holidays approaching he loves to pretend he is Santa. Thanks for the well wishes--especially for health--I need it! Merry Christmas, Marie.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear FlowerLady, Yes, the past several months have been very challenging, with many lessons on patience. Not lessons I ever would have asked for, but ones I needed most, I'm sure. I couldn't ask for a better family to take care of me, and I am so grateful to have them.

I hope you have a very merry Christmas--and a very happy New Year too.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Rose thanks so much for the well wishes. I have never been this sick before--nor for this length of time. It has been a test of patience, and I'm not sure I always passed with flying colors! LOL! It will be good to say goodbye to 2010 in hopes that the New Year will bring better health.
I wonder if I got dirty socks because Santa thought I had been naughty? ;-) Merry Christmas, Rose!

Cindy, MCOK said...

Jenny, I'm so glad you're on the mend and that you're surrounded by love and care. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Merry Christmas Cindy. I am glad to be on the mend myself, and hope the new year will bring me better health. I am hoping Santa will be good to you, and that you have a safe and happy New Year.

Wendy said...

Hi Jenny,
What an awful time you've had! Not nice to be so sick! But you've sure hit the head on the nail by saying it's so much harder to let people do for you! At least in my experience.

I guess you are right, this is a lesson (however difficult) in letting go of everything except family. I hope you can spend some good time with yourself - like in a luxurious tub full of bubbles. Soak away your troubles.

I did not shop or decorate this year. Gave my children money to shop for themselves and the grandkids. Could not face it. I did bake, however. I love baking, even though there were tears in the shortbread. David always loved my Christmas baking and ate cookies straight from the oven!

Take care. Sending you lots of healing hugs,

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Jenny,
I'm sorry to hear you've continued to have health problems this long. I'm glad you have some great care givers. It is good for you to learn to accept that help from others. I know I would have some adjusting to that, too.

Have a great, and healing last few days of 2010!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Oh, and that's a fun photo of Loudon. What a sweetie, giving you his dirty socks!

Yolanda said...

Sweet Friend I hope you have the best New year ever.

ShySongbird said...

Dear Jenny, I do hope you spot this later than late comment!

I have been watching my sidebar for months hoping to see a new post from you and not realising I had completely missed this one :( So it was a lovely surprise to get a visit from you yesterday :)

I know you had been very poorly before Thanksgiving but had no idea that things got even worse for you! I am so sorry you had such a very tough time and trust you are a lot better now. It sounds like your family rallied round for you in your time of need which must have been very reassuring.

Take care dear Jenny, I hope the Spring brings much better things for you :)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Jenny,
Thanks for your visit to my blog. I am so excited that spring is here! I had more problems than usual waiting for it. Still, we'll have a few nice days, then, it will get colder again. Our highs for the next couple of days are only supposed to be in the 40s. Well, that's better than 20s.

How have you been? I hope you are over your illnesses. Is your mom still living with you? Was your son able to recover your photos? I had a bunch lost a few years ago, when Larry was transferring things over from my old computer to the next one I had. I would think he would have known to back them up, but was probably in a hurry to just get it done. My photos are now on a separate drive because I have so many. I really need to go through them and delete some. I just asked Larry if we could back them up, because I don't remember if we have been. He nodded his head.

Well, take care, and I hope you are able to get some gardening done. How are Loudon and his brother, whose name isn't coming to my brain right now?

Our KJ turned 3 in January, and is obsessed with Thomas the train stuff. His brother is due in April.

Joseph said...

I've missed a lot, Jenny. First the birth (CONGRATS!!) and then your sickness. I do hope you are feeling alright as it appears as if you haven't been blogging in a few months.

Marie said...

Jenny,
I hope you have fully recovered by now. I miss you.

Marie said...

Jenny,
I hope you are well and surviving Texas heat! We've had a very hot, dry spell in PA. A half day of rain yesterday was a blessing. I've been sidelined with sciatica so not much garden work is being done. Oh well, it can't be helped. Take care. I'll be thinking of you.